Details Date Nights at Millbridge Court
We have waited so long to finally be able to host our Details Date Nights (since November 2019 to be precise) and last month the wait was finally over!
It has been such a joy to welcome back our newly booked Couples and for them to be able to meet and chat to a selection of our super talented Millbridge Court Partners whilst also getting to see the Halls transformed with beautiful displays, tablescapes and installations and being able to enjoy tasty Kalm Kitchen treats and signature drinks. It’s the perfect way to start getting inspired and begin to visualise how your very own special day might look!
Below we wanted to share with you all some of the breathtaking details from our Date Night on March 9th where we were so lucky to have all of these incredible MC Partners joining us:
~ Photographer ~
~ Florists ~
Hannah Berry Flowers (Ceremony Hall florals)
The Topiary Tree (Dining Hall florals)
~ Stationery ~
~ Cakes ~
~ Lighting ~
~ Videography ~
~ Hair and Makeup ~
~ Wedding Attire ~
~ Music ~
Keep scrolling to see lots of wonderful Millbridge Court Wedding Day inspiration!
Dinner Date Night
It’s difficult to put in to words quite how excited we were to once again be hosting our Dinner Date Night’s here at Millbridge Court!
To see the Venue spring to life with a flurry of activity as we prepared to welcome back so many of our Couples over the coming two evenings was so wonderful, and although the setup had to be different in 2021 our individual sweetheart tables made for a very special and intimate Dining experience for everyone that joined us.
As ever, we had a team of incredible MC Partners using their talents to make the evening extra special for our Brides and Grooms. Eden Blooms created stunning florals for each table, Era Calligraphy made exquisite name cards, Creative Spark setup light installations in both the Hall and the Atrium where we showcased our new Pimm’s Drinks Station, Stella and Fly Music serenaded everyone so beautifully on both evenings and Kalm Kitchen brought together the entire vision on top of serving utterly delicious dishes from start to finish. Thank you also to the wonderful Kit Myers for capturing everything so perfectly!
We are already so excited for our upcoming Dinner Date Night’s and can’t wait to see more of you back at Millbridge Court but for now, here is a glimpse at last weeks gorgeous setup! Xx
10 Questions with… Alice from Meadowfolk
- How did your passion for floristry come about?
As a child, I spent most of my time outside – building fairy houses, climbing trees, picking bunches of wildflowers and making ‘potions’ from crushed up rose petals. I remember knowing the names of trees and flowers before I could even begin to spell them – so floristry & a love for nature has always been a huge part of my essence.
- When did you setup MeadowFolk & what was it that drew you to the Wedding Industry in particular?
I set up MeadowFolk after working in an awesomely creative florist shop for a year – because I realised how much I loved the process of communication with the bride and groom, and bringing their flowery visions for their wedding day to life. I also wanted to be able to grow flowers specifically for each couple – so I bought a field and started growing flowers full time to use in weddings I was working on in 2015. By 2019 I was so busy with the wedding floristry side I didn’t have the time to grow flowers on such a big scale anymore – and so I sold the field last year & downsized to growing flowers right outside my workshop which is much more manageable & means I can simply nip outside to select stems for a wedding as and when I need em! The wedding industry is an awesomely friendly thing to be a part of – we all just LOVE celebrating love!
- How would you describe your style of floristry?
My style of floristry is closely linked to the seasons, wildly romantic & meadow-esque
- What can couples expect when they choose you to create their dream Wedding Flowers?
I create a moodboard & bespoke quote for each client after some initial emails so that they can really begin to see what their wedding florals will look like. We then meet up to chat all things flowery & I bring a bag of treasures for them to see in person (candlesticks, vases, ribbons etc.) Next time we meet is on their wedding day, but I’m always available to email.
- What do you love most about what you do?
Showcasing how beautiful mother nature is by bringing flower filled magic inside to celebrate LOVE!
- What top tips & advice do you offer couples along the way & are there any Tips you would give to Millbridge Couples in particular?
Be clear about what you don’t want in terms of flowers/colours – sometimes this can be more helpful to florists that knowing what you do want.
Bouquets can always be reused for top table or cake table decoration. I encourage bridesmaids to ‘hunt the vase’ for their bouquet, as I leave vases for them in areas that need an extra floral touch.
Candles & foliage can transform a space into something beautifully magical – simple, but really effective if you’re on a tight budget.
When it comes to creating an abundant table set up, more is definitely more.
- What do you love the most about Millbridge Court?
How flexible the space is – it lends itself to both the rustic, wild vibe – but also the more elegant/luxe vibe too!
- Do you have a favourite installation or setup that you’ve done at Millbridge Court so far?
For sure Louise & Tim’s wildly bohemian & autumnal macramé archway. They’re brief of ‘just go wild’ is the BEST thing a client can say to me! (And you can find a selection of The Springles images from L+T’s stunning Autumnal Wedding Day below.)
- What floristry trends are you seeing for 2021 & beyond
Seasonality & sustainability is becoming a real focus for couples now. With many coming to me because they love that I grow my own flowers and buy from local flower growers too – 2020 has taught us a whole bunch – one of them being how important it is to support local, small businesses.
- What are your three favourite industry professionals/ brands to follow on Instagram?
@FloretFlower – flower farm for endless flower growing inspiration
@Lavendersflowers – florist over in America…colour combo queen!
@Wedhead_london – husband & wife furniture/prop hire duo of dreams.
Wedding Cake Inspiration from Scrumptious Bakes by Emma
Tell us a little bit about Scrumptious Bakes with Emma?
Scrumptious Bakes by Emma is based in Odiham, Hampshire. We specialise in beautiful, bespoke wedding cakes, macaron towers and macaron and personalised cookie wedding favours, all made with the finest organic, award-winning and sustainable ingredients.
Our contemporary classic aesthetic is imbued with subtle luxury and timeless style, and we are renowned for our exceptional ingredients and decadent touches.
Four generations of my family have been professional bakers and confectioners, and my mum is a former Michelin-starred chef. As a small child, I fell in love with baking in my grandma’s kitchen, and I take huge pleasure following in my family’s footsteps.
I started my business in June 2018, 16 months into recovery from a life-changing injury that damaged my sacroiliac joints, pelvis, lumbar spine, sacrum and coccyx. As I became stronger and could stand again, baking became a way for me to reconnect with my body, mind and soul. I have always found baking very mindful and easily lose myself in kneading soft dough or gently scooping and folding macaron batter.
Baking for family and friends initially gave me a sense of purpose; a clear, achievable goal and focus, which helped to relieve the trials of chronic pain and rehabilitation. It helped me to re-discover a sense of identity, to feel pride, to feel empowered. It rebuilt my self- confidence.
I found the concept of beginning my own business simultaneously exhilarating and challenging. Stimulating my mind was equally as important to my recovery as each physical step, and dreaming about my business, and how it would look and feel gave me hope and strength.
I am so proud of my business and all it has achieved so far. We have won several awards, and were recently invited by British Vogue to feature in their 2020 ‘Match Made In Vogue’ luxury wedding campaign. I am so excited to keep building on our success, and really looking forward to all that the future will bring.
What made you create these particular looks for your photoshoot and do you have a particular favourite or favourites?
I am inspired by so many different elements when designing centrepieces for our couples. These include: Seasonal, fresh produce; the beauty of the natural world and its tones, colour palettes and textures; the relaxed movement of soft foliage and the subtle beauty and natural cascade of flowers in bloom; and of course, most importantly, couples themselves and their stories.
Each wedding cake and macaron tower featured in the shoot celebrates our unique style; at once creative, unique, irresistibly elegant, mouth-wateringly delicious and thoughtfully designed.
Our contemporary classic aesthetic underpins each wedding cake and macaron tower. Traditional tiered wedding cakes for example have a modern feel with tiers of varying heights, carefully crafted from soft, light sponges and smooth, whipped buttercream, rather than fruit cake and sugar paste. Similarly, deliciously fragrant macarons, a French classic, are filled with indulgent Belgian white chocolate ganache and tower in a contemporary ombré cascade, perfectly complimented by soft, silk ribbon.
It is hard to choose a favourite design, but I love this organic three-tier Madagascan vanilla wedding cake, featured by British Vogue this October.
One of the ways to make your cake or macaron tower a true centrepiece is by extending its lines beyond where you would expect them to traditionally finish, encouraging the eye either higher or lower than it would usually look.
This design does this beautifully, with the delicate, soft ribbon by Eden Blooms adding a touch of subtle, contemporary elegance. By letting the ribbon drape delicately over the edge of the table, the long, tall lines of the cake are naturally elongated. It looks as striking, if not more so, from a distance, and works especially well as the width of the ribbon balances the height of the cake.
I also love the gently textured buttercream ruffles around the top of each sponge, the extra tall tiers, and the intriguing fresh flower cascade. It really is a design that captures the eye and draws you in, just like a piece of art, and I loved working with Hazel of Eden Blooms to bring it to life.
My other favourite design from the shoot is our Callebaut Belgian chocolate wedding cake. It is the perfect size for a smaller gathering of loved ones, and its combination of different height tiers is striking. I also love the contrast of the jewelled tones of its fresh flowers against the smooth chocolate buttercream finish, reflected beautifully by its gold mirror base; such a beautiful and simple way to elevate your cake. It also smelled absolutely amazing!
Tell us about the other suppliers that you collaborated with?
Hazel is an extremely talented and experienced florist, and her Hampshire cutting garden is exceptionally beautiful, brimming with seasonal flowers and foliage. Hazel’s work is truly stunning, and I cannot recommend her highly enough.
Anna and Simon are based in Warwickshire, and produce creative, fun, joyful and honest images and films. Their relaxed approach and light, natural style was perfect for Scrumptious Bakes, and I love how evocative each of the images are. I very highly recommend them too.
We were also grateful to Just 4 Linen, whose beautiful linen and napkins helped to create the perfect backdrop for each shot.
Why was Millbridge Court your choice of location?
Millbridge Court is a truly beautiful space, filled with natural light. Its high-vaulted, airy halls with floor-to-ceiling windows and rustic wooden beams provide a stunning neutral backdrop, and the possibilities for styling are endless. Its picturesque surroundings, with lush, green fields, a wildflower meadow and a hidden fern garden create lots of opportunities for photos, and their warm service and can-do attitude echoes our own approach.
Finally, we love how their spaces are designed with current trends in mind whilst respecting the spirit of the past, in much the same way that our fresh and modern designs connect with our traditional baking heritage.
Thank you for hosting us Millbridge Court. We hope to see you soon!
… and here are more of Emma’s show-stopping Cakes captured by We Are The Clarkes on Shoot Day!
Spaces- The Hall
In this bright and airy space, traditional Barn features meet modern architecture. The Hall features high vaulted ceilings and beautiful beams, whilst also having the addition of a stunning feature of a floor to ceiling glass wall which overlooks the stunning view of the garden and perfect English countryside and crisp. The neutral white walls also provide a blank for our Couples to create any vision they desire!
The shelves along the right hand side of the Hall have always been an incredibly popular way to add extra wow-factor to the room and we have loved seeing the multitude of ways Suppliers and our Couples have done this throughout the years… so much so, that during recent renovations this January, we added white paneling on each wall creating not only a beautiful feature but also a continuous shelf to allow for 360 degrees of styling (and you can see a snapshot of this in the fourth image under the title “Making the most of Autumn & Winter Colour Palettes’.)
For this post, we wanted to share a handful of images that illustrate the multitude of ways some of the wonderful people that have got married under the Millbridge Court roof have brought their vision to life, with each being unique and just as wonderful as the last. Xx
Mixing it up with High & Low Tablescapes…
Banquet Tables & eye-catching Balloon styling…
Striking Tall Centrepieces…
Making the most of the beautiful Autumn & Winter Colour Palettes & styling details…
& The Colourful… to the neutral.
Clockwise- Hannah McClune Photography, Hannah Berry Flowers, Bubblegum Balloons; Kit Myers Photography, Hannah Berry Flowers, Academy Furniture Hire; Kit Myers Photography, Lavender Hill Flowers; Abi Riley Photography, Francesca Sharp Flowers
Spaces- The House
Upon setting foot in Millbridge Court you are welcomed into our stylish front lounge with oversized sofas and a log burner, this makes for a wonderful place for guests to relax with a glass of something delicious in hand throughout your day. This space transforms in the winter months as the venue takes on a cosy and romantic personality with the roaring fire and flickering candles a plenty.
Drawing you towards the heart of the building is a stylish mirrored lounge, ideal for those needing a rest from the dance floor! We have eight boutique hotel bedrooms, as well as The Hideaway which is set within the grounds of its very own secret garden. After a wonderful night’s sleep guests return to the lounge, where just past our marble island is a private breakfast room ideal for that all important coffee and much needed catch up on the night before.
Spaces- The Arbour
The Arbour at Millbridge Court is a beautiful oak structure licensed for outdoor ceremonies between April and September. The garden is surrounded by tall photinia trees which gives it a secluded and private atmosphere and creates a unique space in the garden.
With capacity for up to 150 guests and rustic wooden seating, it is a beautiful country garden option for your ceremony. The extended aisle is also the perfect backdrop for that all important confetti shot; whether getting married inside or out, it provides a picture- perfect setting to celebrate your first moments as a married couple.
In addition, the Arbour itself provides a wonderful backdrop for confetti shots, your couple shots or group photos whatever the season and is an ideal location to still have some amazing shots outside even if it’s raining!
If you are super lucky, the neighbouring cows will come to visit – leaving you with a very unique photo opportunity!
Many Photographers also love using the Arbour all year round to get dramatic nighttime shots, like these beautiful images below.
Wedding Trends 2020| Hear From the Experts (Pt. 2)
“I never thought I would see the day when dried flowers would be back on trend, but its here! … I can see them being a huge hit next season, with future clients already sharing mood boards featuring these delicate flowers. . Although dried flowers are more expensive, they will last a lot longer and provide endless texture throughout designs. I really love their delicate dusty and muted tones and have already started using a few in designs this season.”
– Hannah Berry Flowers @hannahberryflowers
“I think photography is probably the least affected by trends (not so much seasonal ones anyway), but as ever I’m noticing a growing concern for more natural and candid photography, and less emphasis on posed images. That said, I believe there is such a wide spectrum of photographers out there who offer everything you can think of style wise! Which is lovely, as there are still a great number of couples who care about their portraits, and who also want their editing style to reflect the look or season of the month they’re getting married in. I like bright colours and timeless editing and it’s something my couples mention when choosing me, so I suppose, I can only speak for myself, but I expect 2020 will be a big year for celebrations and a focus on everyone having a wonderful day, and the photography reflecting that.”
– Sophie Duckworth Photography @duck_photo
The Wrap Skirt
“Its hard to reinvent bridal silhouettes but this year see the emergence of a brand-new take on the ballgown skirt. A fun, coquettish revamp that will allow brides a full range of movement and a cheeky, surprise flash of statement shoes.”
3D is the new lace
“We all love lace and embellished fabrics, but when one fabric has been such a strong story in bridal fashion, brides-to be will, naturally, want to choose a look that is unique to them. Light tulles with 3D, appliqued flowers are the perfect solution. A pretty lace effect, perfect for garden, barn and rolling countryside.”
– Emma at Miss Bush Bridal @missbushbridal
“No slowing down on Cross Back Chairs in 2020. Throughout 2019 our number of covers for Cross Back Chairs & Vintage Trestle Tables sky rocketed, for us this is partly due to the time we have invested in developing our stock, but for the industry it is mostly due to the prominence of Cross Back Chairs across Wedding Blogs and Posts from so many influential sources.
We will definitely sell an increased amount of Louis Chairs in 2020. We have more provisional bookings for next Summer than we have ever had before the end of any previous year. Most of our bookings are currently for marquee based weddings, we often see earlier reservations for marquee contracts compared to venue based contracts, but several confirmations are already in for local and London venues. We are really lucky to have such wonderful photography of the Louis Chair at Millbridge Court.” https://www.pinterest.co.uk/furniturehire/millbridge-court/louis-chair-millbridge-court/
– Academy Furniture Hire @academyfurniturehire
(Lead Image: Kit Myers Photography, Hannah Berry Flowers, Academy Furniture Hire, Couvert Hire)
#marriedatmillbridge | 2019
What a wonderful & memorable Year we’ve had here at Millbridge Court! We have once again had a Calendar filled with unique & beautiful Wedding Days for our MC Couples, Wedding Days that are brought to life by the plethora of talented industry professionals that we’re so lucky to get to know & work alongside each week.
2019 has also seen the Millbridge Family expand as we welcomed new Team Members, we also celebrated our 5th Birthday & launched our exciting new Event exclusively for MC Couples, our Details Date Nights. We were delighted to see Millbridge featured in some of the nations leading Bridal Magazines & Weddings Blogs & were so thrilled to launch our new Website & Branding in the Summer. Alongside Weddings, we have also hosted some phenomenal photoshoots & inspiring Events & earlier in the year we unveiled our newest space, The Lodge!
In November, our Instagram reached 10,000 followers, so we thought as a 2019 round up on The Journal, we would share the 20 most liked images from our profile (with the most liked image at the bottom of the post), along with the most liked images of the Venue, The Arbor & #marriedatmillbridge posts.
For all of our Brides & Grooms from the last year, we wanted to thank you for allowing us to be a part of one of the most special days of your lives, it truly is an honour & we wish you so much love & happiness as you start the New Year (& decade) as a married Couple.
Happy New Year, Everyone! Xx
Photos From SophiePhilippa Sian Photography, Boutique BloomsEleanor Joy Photography, Stella RoseThe Springles, Lavender Hill CompanyVLA Photography, Blush Floral Design, Hoop from Bramblesky (Etsy)Rebecca Searle Photography, Hannah Berry FlowersKit Myers, Hannah Berry FlowersPhilippa Sian Photography, Longacres, Bubblegum BalloonsMarianne Taylor Photography, Hannah Berry FlowersEleanor Joy Photography, Stella Rose, Feather BalloonsCaroline Stocking Photography
Philippa Sian PhotographyEleanor Joy Photography, The Crumby BakeryDM PhotographyNataly J PhotographyLaura Harvey PhotographyPhotos From Sophie, Stella Rose, Feather BalloonsThe SpringlesWoodland Hill Photography, I Do Wedding FloristPhilippa Sian Photography
Most Liked Arbor Photo
Miss Gen Photography, Eden Blooms
Most Liked Venue Photo
Most Liked #marriedatmillbridge Photos
Joanna Nicole Photography
Wedding Trends 2020 | Hear from the Experts (Pt. 1)
With the Winter months upon us & the New Year just around the corner, we thought we would chat to some of our fabulous Millbridge Court Partners & ask them about what trends they’re seeing coming through for 2020 Weddings. This is the first of a few Trend Reports, so below we’re talking Cakes, Hair & Makeup, Stationery, Food, Styling & Lighting & props…
“The use of natural grasses is becoming popular. Sage green as a colour palette is continuing to be a popular trend & increasingly Couples are looking to have a pop of coral with accents of metallics.”
-Vanessa from Forever Cakes @forever_cakes_weddings
For Lighting & Props
“Looking into 2020 we believe the use of Custom Neon Signs will increase massively. This year we have seen these introduced & take off, especially with the use of our stock neons such as “Happily Every After”, often replacing the need for Giant Lettering!
We have also seen a large increase in requests for outdoor lighting. This enables us to create the perfect ambience by lighting up large tree’s, buildings & pathways with any colour imaginable.
Lastly, we have been inundated with requests for our DJ & Sax combo, something which is fairly new to us yet seems to have gathered momentum & we’ve gotten amazing feedback. Watch this space for a live video popping up on our social media channels!”
-George & Ollie from Farnham Sound & Light @farnhamsandl
For Hair & Makeup Artist
“2020 is all about the romantic, chic yet timeless look. Glamorous yet natural makeup enhancing features with effortlessly styled hair.”
-Olivia from Olivia Mills Hair & Makeup @oliviamillsmua
“So what’s in store for 2020 trends? It’s looking like soft colour palettes, monograms and hand drawn illustrations will be big next year. But in all honestly I prefer not to stick with trends and concentrate on styles that are everlasting.
Just like the little black dress, black and white remain a firm favourite in modern wedding design and play a big part in my brand on a whole. Vellum is here to stay, as is textured card, layering, unique shapes and bold pops of colour.
However there are a few trends that are creeping in to 2020 that I heavily endorse… sustainability and individuality.
Being individual – Moving away from standard, formal wedding text in stationery design and into a more personal tone of voice is on the rise.
Being eco-friendly – 2020 is set to see an increase in sustainable paper sources, recycled papers and biodegradable goods. Choosing sustainable materials doesn’t mean compromising on style or quality, it’s just about choosing the right supplier that is conscious of this. Good for you, good for the environment, hoorah!”
-Nat from Nats Paper Studio @natspaperstudio
For Styling & Food
“We are seeing a lot more people considering every aspect of the Halls and the connecting rooms, from up high to down low. Ceiling arrangements for big impact are becoming popular– balloon clouds, hanging lighting, disco balls to name a few, & we’re seeing more & more Couples use floral aisle runners that are continuous flowers down the entire length and on both sides of the aisle.
With regards to Menu choices, sharing & feasting dishes are still a firm favourite for many as it is such a relaxed & fun option which creates a real buzz on the day itself & in addition that, more Couples are considering full Vegan or Vegetarian Menus for their Big Day.”
-Our very own Natasha
[Lead Image: Philippa Sian Photography, Sign: Farnham Sound & Light]